Funda-in Temple

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What is Funda-in Temple

Funda-in Temple was founded by Ichijyou Uchitsune, a court noble, as the temple welcomed their first chief priest, Jozansozen around the year 1320.  It was built as a sub-temple of Tofukujiha Daihonzonfuku-ji Temple of the Rinzai sect.  The temple garden was believed to have been created by Sesshu, master or ink and wash painting and thus, the temple is also called Sesshu-ji Temple.

Sesshu-ji was a master of ink and wash painting but was also a Zen priest.  He created the temple’s dry landscape garden named, Tsurukame-no-niwa Garden (Garden of Crane and Turtle) around the year 1460.  The Tsuru-jima (Crane Island) and Kame-jima (Turtle Island) garden rock islands appear as they are floating in a sea of Polytrichum commune moss and is a beautiful sight.。


10 minute walk from the Tofuku-ji Station on the JR Nara Line, Keihan Train.  10 minute walk from the "Tofuku-ji" stop on the Kyoto City Bus.

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Description: Funda-in Temple

Sights Funda-in Temple (芬陀院)
Address Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Honmachi 15-chome 803
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-541-1761 / Fax: 075-541-1764
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:09:00-17:00
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 300yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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